Poor eating habits and lack of exercise increase the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other obesity-related illnesses. Inadequate diet and lack of exercise also increases the possibility for premature death. Read: 10 Weight Related Illnesses
Now researchers have discovered that exercising is more important than diet when it comes to preventing obesity.
A study published in the July, 2014 edition of the American Journal of Medicine, showed that lack of physical activity might be the key reason for obesity in America. Women age 40 and younger seem to be most vulnerable.
In the last 20 years, American women who had a lack of exercise rose from 19 percent in 1994 to almost 52 percent in 2010. The percentage among men rose from 11 percent in 1994 to 44 percent in 2010. Body mass index rose by 0.37 percent for both men and women. The biggest increase was among women ages 18 to 39. Overall caloric intake did not increase during that same time period.
Researchers noted two groups that deviated from the average for calories consumed. Women who had a lack of exercises in their leisure showed an increase in caloric intake. Men with high levels of physical activity in their leisure consumed fewer calories.
Abdominal obesity was also examined. The standard for abdominal obesity among women is a waist circumference of 34.65 inches or more. The standard for men is a waist circumference of 40.16 inches or more. The average waist circumference increased by 0.37 percent for women and 0.27 percent for men annually.
Small Changes Get Big Results
Moderate daily exercise can make a big difference. Read: Desk Exercises to do at the Office
Twenty minutes of brisk walking each day can decrease the risk for early death that can be as much as double for people who do not exercise. Read: Exercising After Bariatric Surgery
Walking twenty minutes a day will burn 90-110 calories. This reduces the risk for early death by 16-30 percent among people who are inactive or moderately inactive.
While a modest exercise can help increase longevity, additional effort is recommended because of the overall health benefits of exercise. Read: Plus Sized Gyms for Exercise
In good health,
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